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It greatly alarms me that Americans' constitutional right of freedom of speech is being squeezed out of our culture.

Several years ago, I watched then-"20/20" correspondent Diane Sawyer interview Saddam Hussein, who was dictator of Iraq at the time. She respectfully confronted him for the atrocities and executions he used as punishments for people who merely spoke out against him, his rule or his politics. Surprisingly naive of America's constitutional basis, Saddam asked, "Well, what happens to those who speak against your president?" (He clearly was expecting that such speech was also a crime in the U.S. and punishable by law.) Shocked by his sheer ignorance of the U.S. — and somewhat at a loss for words herself — Diane quipped back in answering his question, "They host television talk shows!" Saddam's facial expression revealed that he was totally confused by her answer.

Sounds so far-out, doesn't it? Offensive speech being punishable by law? But it might not be that far off for America, especially if the course of free speech continues on its present track — a path of progressive restrictions, both from our government and our culture.

For example, presently bill S. 909 is on the fast track through the Senate, poised under the guise of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. While the bill purports to target crimes of brutality, not speech, once enacted, local justices could expand its interpretive enforcement to encompass a wider meaning than originally conceived. In the end, it could not only criminalize opinions (an unconstitutional act) but also provide elevated protection to pedophiles.

If our policymakers understood and followed the constitutional government our Founders laid down for us, they never would advocate any so-called hate crimes bill. As Rep. Ron Paul once wrote: "Hate crime laws not only violate the First Amendment, they also violate the Tenth Amendment. Under the United States Constitution, there are only three federal crimes: piracy, treason, and counterfeiting. All other criminal matters are left to the individual states. Any federal legislation dealing with criminal matters not related to these three issues usurps state authority over criminal law and takes a step toward turning the states into mere administrative units of the federal government."

The limiting of free speech is happening through not only legal ends but also social avenues.

It was tragic to watch at the recent White House Correspondents' Association dinner how the present administration provided the platform for and then laughed at a parade of mean-spirited, cruel jokes about Rush Limbaugh, which made fun of his history of addiction to painkillers, wished him kidney failure, and suggested he might have been the 20th hijacker involved in 9/11. Is that even funny? Despite the fact that I believe even this offensive language is protected by the First Amendment, is it the type of belittling humor we should expect at a White House function? When the feds seek to silence their critics through intimidation and social demise, have they not failed to properly lead a blended nation and uphold the heart of the Constitution? Mark my words that the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine — which would subject talk radio, among other media, to government regulation — is right around the corner.

Government isn't the only one restricting free speech. We recently witnessed many in our culture clamping down on that basic American right via the travesty of the response to Carrie Prejean's — who is Miss California and the Miss USA runner-up — giving her honest opinion when a question was posed by a judge during the Miss USA contest. As a result of her respectfully giving her personal convictions, she's been persecuted and even has received death threats from those who oppose her.

I don't care what your cause is. I don't care what your mission is. I don't care what the issue is. I don't care what your beliefs are. It is every American citizen's constitutional right to speak freely, without fear of repercussion. If the First Amendment is not there to protect anyone's offensive speech, then what type of speech is it protecting?

It's simply un-American and unconstitutional to impede, harass, threaten or persecute anyone who is guilty of nothing more than sharing his opinion or even exercising his right to vote. This is America, not Saddam's Iraq!

When free speech is restricted or punished, we can be certain that we've drifted from our roots. Isn't it time we returned home to the Constitution?

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Dear Chuck Norria, it would be a sad day when the 'radical and socialist' wonders take anything else, including our money, jobs, our homes, and our ability to live a normal life, but to think they have the audacity to even think Taxpayers are going to let them 'take' anything else, they're greatly mistaken. People have finally begun to realize politicians are the real criminals and need to be taken to Guantanamo or any foreign country (after all their assets are taken to pay off the trillions they've borrowed without Taxpayers' consent,), where they have to learn to garden to eat and build a bunker in the ground for their shelter and this, is more than they deserve considering what they've done to bankrupt America! The following letter I received and I wanted to pass it on as it's so true to our 'no common sense' world of today!
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Subject: Letter from Grandpa:



John is 63 years old and owns his own business.

John is a life-long Republican and sees his dream
of retiring next year is all but gone. With the stock market crashing and
all the new taxes coming his way, John knows he will be working for a good
number more years.

John has a granddaughter. Her name is Ashley.
Ashley is a recent college grad. She drives a late model car. She wears
all the latest fashions.


Ashley likes going out a lot... Ashley campaigned
hard for Obama and after he won the election she made sure her grandfather
(and all other Republican family members) received more than an ear full
on how the world is going to be a much better place now that Obama won the
Election. Ashley is short of cash and cannot pay her bills again.


As she has done many other times, she emailed her
Grandfather asking for some financial help.


Here is his reply:
__________________________0D


Sweetheart,

I am replying to your request for more money.

Ashley I love you dearly. I am also sympathetic to
your financial plight. But times have changed. With the election of
President Obama, your father and mother and I have set forth a bold new
'Ashley Economic' plan of our own. Let me explain.

Your grandmother and I are highly productive, wage
earning tax payers. As you know we have lived a comfortable life and in
return have forgone many things like fancy vacations, luxury cars, etc. We
have worked hard and were looking forward to retiring soon.

But this plan has changed... Your president is
significantly raising our personal and business taxes. He says it is so he
can give our hard earned money to other people.

Do you know what this means, Ashley? It means less
income. Less income means we must cut back on many business and personal
expenditures.

One example is we were forced to let go of our
receptionist today. You know her. She always gave you candy when you
visited. Did you know she worked for us for the past 18 years? I can't
afford her anymore. That is a taste of the business side.

Some personal economic effects of Obama's new
taxation policies include none other than you.

In review you know very well over the years your
grandmother an I have given you thousands of dollars in cash, tuition
assistance, food, housing, clothing,gifts, etc., etc.

By your vote, you have chosen another family over
ours for help. Judging from your e-mail

requesting more money, I recommend you call
202-456-1111. That is the direct telephone number for the White House. You
yourself repeatedly told me I was foolish to vote Republican. You said Mr.
Obama is going to be the people's president and is going to help every
American live a better life.

Based upon everything you have told me and things
we heard from him as he campaigned, I am sure Mr. Obama will be happy to
send a check or transfer money into your checking account. Have him call
me for the transaction and account numbers. By now I know them by heart.

It's like this. Those who vote for the president
should consider what the impact of an election will be on the nation as a
whole and not just be concerned with what they can get for themselves
(welfare, etc..).

Guess what honey? Because of our business your
Grandmother and I are now considered the richest of the rich.. On paper we
might look rich. But in the real world we are really far from it. But as
you said while campaigning for Obama some people will have to carry more
of the burden so all of America can prosper. You understand what that
means, right? It means raising taxes on productive people which means
they will have less money. Less money for everything, including
granddaughters.

Congratulations on your choice. For future
reference,you might attempt to add up all value of the gifts and money
you've received from us over the years and compare it to what you expect
to get over the next four years from Mr. Obama.

We love you dearly but from now on call the number
listed above when you need help!!


Grandpa





Comment: #1
Posted by: Shirley deLong
Tue May 19, 2009 7:18 AM
If they aren't trying to silence us they are trying to control us. It's crazy!!

Doctors use the excuse of being sued for demanding test every 3 months when they come back normal, or under control. I don't buy it. What are hearings for? If they don't have a case then a hearing is to keep it from going to trial. All it adds up to is greed and control.

Shirley delong,
I loved the letter you posted!

Have a blessed day!!
Comment: #2
Posted by: Lola Mathuews
Tue May 19, 2009 11:38 AM
Like Lola, I think that is a superb letter, thanks, Shirley. And thanks for the article, Chuck. Something similar is happening over here in the UK with the establishment of the FTAC, Fixated Threat Assessment Centre. It is a secret organisation that basically aims at nailing anyone who criticises the leading politicians of the day, equivalent to your president and his entourage. An ordinary member of the public had written letters and emails calling the Home Secretary 'Jackboot' Jacquie Smith (about at the same level as Hillary Clinton) a communist for creating a police state. Evidence of such is widespread. On a police officer's blog (that I no longer visit), I posted a link to an article describing how London was becoming a police state with repeated fatal shootings by the police of unarmed civilians not committing any crimes. The link was promptly removed, which convinced me the article was 100% correct. However, on instructions from Ms Smith, the FTAC forced this member of the public to attend a session with his local doctor to assess his mental state. This is the very same tactic that the old soviet KGB and the east German Stasi used in order to eliminate dissenters by committing them to mental hospitals and psychiatric wards. Dissenting media columnists might be potential targets as well. So hang tough, Chuck and hope like me the Lord comes back very soon.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Alan O'Reilly
Wed May 20, 2009 10:11 AM
Zionism is the poison that corrupts all aspects of American life. Until we realize that --or maybe I should say, until we're allowed to say it out loud--- our situation is hopeless.

If you think you have free speech in this country, try criticizing Israel or the Jews. Try obtaining a copy of "Controlling the Human Mind" or "Angels Don't Play This HAARP" both by Nick Begich. Try getting a copy of
"The Thirteenth Tribe" by Arthur Koestler, who is Jewish by the way.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Truther
Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:10 AM
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